Scabies Scare in New Hampshire


New Hampshire health officials say patients and staff at three local hospitals may have been exposed to scabies.  Health officials in Manchester issued the scabies alert last Friday.
News outlets reported that patient was diagnosed and treated for scabies Wednesday at Dartmouth-Hitchcock clinic in Manchester.

The doctors warn that anyone who visited the Dartmouth Hitchcock Manchester Hematology/Oncology, Pulmonology, and Rheumatology at Notre Dame Pavilion at Catholic Medical Center, the Norris Cotton Infusion Center, Catholic Medical Center, or the Catholic Medical Center Pulmonary Medicine in July, August, or November 2015, as well as this year, could be infected.

Scabies is not a public health threat, but has uncomfortable symptoms that include severe itchiness and a rash.
The Manchester Health Department is preparing preventive treatment clinics from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Wednesday through Friday for anyone who may have been exposed. The clinics will be held at Dartmouth-Hitchcock and CMC in Manchester.

Scabies can be treated by killing the mites and their eggs with medication that’s applied from the neck down and left on for eight hours. The mites can also be killed using oral medications.

Prescription & Treatment

  • Anti-parasite: Ivermectin (Stromectol)
  • Permethrin to the affected area
  • Hot water laundry
  • Treatment of close contacts
  • Dry cleaning